On New Year’s Day President Trump lashed out on Twitter with regard to Pakistan and their desire to play both sides of the fence pertaining to terrorism. President Trump also threatened to withhold foreign aid out of concern that Pakistan is providing a safe-haven for terrorist fleeing American capture and interrogations.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They gave safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
In recent weeks, Pakistani Authorities have denied American interrogators access to a captured, high-value terrorist from the Haqqani Network. As a result, the Trump Administration has been mulling over the possibility of cutting-off a portion of the military aid the United States provides to Pakistan.
In August of 2017, President Trump made stated his “next pillar” in the war on terrorism would be a “change in our approach to Pakistan.” It appears that President Trump has begun to initiate those changes by reminding Pakistan that the United States taxpayers provide foreign aid as a courtesy and as such, we expect that aid to be returned in the form of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Over the summer the Trump Administration also withheld 50 million dollars in military aid, accusing Pakistan of providing terror safe-havens.
“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to that region and beyond. These killers need to know that they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms.”
Much of the foreign aid data gathered since 2010, as it pertains to Pakistan, is highly disputed and shrouded in secrecy. However in 2010 the United States provided 1.4 billion dollars in economic aid and 1.23 billion in military aid.
Since the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, many Americans have felt they are attempting to play both sides of the fence. A sentiment that the Trump Administration clearly shares.
President Trump is 100% correct to call out Pakistan on these blatant transgressions of American trust. If Pakistan is undermining American trust by providing safe-havens to terrorists fleeing American capture, they are facilitating their very survival thus allowing them to fight another day. As a result of the war on terror continuing, so does the flood of American foreign and military aid to Pakistan. To ensure Pakistan is not seeking to enrich it’s self by facilitating a continuation of the war on terror, the Trump Administration can claw back some of that aid while insisting it be reinstated should Pakistan make good faith efforts in refusing refuge for fleeing terrorists.
The United States must confront countries that accept American foreign and military aid while offering nothing in return. The American taxpayers echoed this sentiment with the election of Donald Trump. Donald Trump relentlessly campaigned on fixing the inane narrative of American charity going to countries that do not have American interests in mind. It appears the ignorance and inaction of past American Presidents has permitted some countries that receive foreign aid to believe they are entitled to it. With President Trump announcing a possible cut to foreign aid as a result of Pakistan’s infidelity, we can either expect more countries to cooperate in light of foreign aid, or additional savings for American taxpayers as we cut off further assistance. We can no longer continue, nor can we afford to, assist countries that refuse to cooperate with the United States in return.
The National Security Council has announced plans to withhold 255 million dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, as reported on Fox News Radio. This follows President Trump’s New Year’s Day tweet slamming Pakistan for giving “safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror.” The President went on to threaten the withholding of foreign aid as a result of their contraventions; a threat the President decided to follow through with.